Friday, October 16, 2015


From BBC Wikipedia: “2001 October - US-led bombing of Afghanistan begins following the September 11 attacks on the United States. Anti-Taliban Northern Alliance forces enter Kabul shortly afterward.” The Pentagon has failed miserably in training people in Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, and Syria to fight for their rights. I think I know why. In one word, it is money; a lot of it. Many years ago when these same people were trying recruit locals to fight the Al Queda in Northern Afghanistan, they based their entire program on the good old American idea that money can buy anything. The Pentagon, with the advice and consent of Congress, sent pallets of bundles of $100 bills to the trainers. The people they were working with were all tribe members. In addition to supplying food, each tribe had a leader who held power by terrorizing their underlings. Of course, the underlings lived in poverty, while the leader lived in luxury often on illegal drug sales. Of course, luxury is not what we see as a luxury, it is a lot less than what we see as a luxury; it is relative. The U.S. expert trainers recruited tribe members to fight against the tribes they were already fighting against other tribes. The trainers gave them intense training, identifiable uniforms, as well as providing them with modern America military weapons, in addition, they were provided vehicles in addition to other equipment used in modern war. The first clue they were failing came 12 weeks after the started; of course this was years ago, so it has been going on for a long, long time. In other words, they knew almost immediately they were failing. First, in America we can take recruits off the streets, put them in basic training, and 12 weeks later, “top” sergeants have them trained. In Afghanistan, the trainers were working with recruits that already were familiar with arms and the ways of war. After 12 weeks, when the expert trainers should be able to train them they still did not know how to be soldiers. In fact, after 12 months, according to them, they still were untrained. Did I mention that the recruits lived in an environment where there were no jobs, and suddenly they went from “rags to riches” from being recruited to be trained? Should I add that, U.S. advisors recruited recruits from and environment of abject poverty. Also, should I point out the money was flowing to private contractors as well as to the Pentagon. The bottom line is that the Pentagon program from its inception based they programmed on the flow of money and was on track to fail and they knew it within 12 weeks. One story goes that a man in Northern Afghanistan enters a coffee shop to buy a cup of coffee and pay with a $100 bill. The shop owner did not have change. After all, all he had in his cash register was $100 bills. The shop patron told the owner it was OK, “Keep the Change.” URL: Comments Invited and not moderated

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